Chase Elliott May Run a Part-Time Cup Schedule in 2015

Chase Elliott May Run a Part-Time Cup Schedule in 2015

by August 7, 2014 0 comments

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Rick Hendrick announced on Wednesday that he may be looking to move Chase Elliott to a part-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series as soon as 2015.

The owner of Hendrick Motorsports made an appearance on SiriusXM’s NASCAR Radio yesterday and was asked on his short-term plans for Elliott – the current points leader in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Hendrick revealed that plans to place the 18-year-old Elliott in a Sprint Cup car on a part-time basis may be on the cards for 2015.

“We haven’t arrived at a decision for sure,” Hendrick said. “But I think you’ll probably see him run a few races next year. Before he ever run a Nationwide race, I watched him test Jimmie’s car and Jeff’s car at Nashville, and Jimmie and Jeff both commented to me, ‘This kid is super smooth and super fast. He takes care of his equipment, and he doesn’t get in a jam.'”

“I said before he ever ran a race, I would put him in a 600-mile race at Charlotte and think he’d finish in the top-15, top-10, because he’s so smart,” Hendrick continued. “He just understands the car and takes care of it. I think he’s going to do a super job whenever the time comes. I think we’ll surely, probably the second half of the next year, we’ll probably see him in some races.”

Elliott signed a developmental deal with Hendrick in February of 2011 and has two seasons in the K&N Pro Series East and a partial season in the Camping World Truck Series under his belt and is currently halfway through his first full season in the Nationwide Series. In his fourth year under the Hendrick umbrella, Elliott has earned one K&N East win in 2012, one ARCA Racing Series win and one Camping World Truck Series win in 2013, and three Nationwide Series wins this year while leading the Nationwide Series standings.

With NASCAR mandating in recent years that organizations may only field four full-time entries with a fifth car being allowed for rookie drivers, Elliott would be allowed to drive for Hendrick and not for a satellite team such as HScott Motorsports. Considering the fact that Hendrick merely suggested that the Dawsonville, Georgia, native could make an appearance in the Sprint Cup Series next year, no further details have been made available on when and where Elliott could make his potential Sprint Cup debut in 2015.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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